Calypso Chapter

Calypso Chapter serves Southwest Montana including the greater Dillon - Butte - Deerlodge areas. For more information, contact:

Catherine Cain

P.O. Box 320046
Glen MT 59732
(406) 498-6198(406) 498-6198 


Sheila Thompson
909 Kohrs
Deer Lodge MT 59722
(406) 846-1855(406) 846-1855 


Activities and Trips: 

All seven of the Calypso Chapter summer field trips were very well-attended with several having over twenty participants. Many of the larger groups were mostly community members that were interested in learning more about native plants. We find that advertising events in local newspapers really increases community participation and raises public awareness of the MNPS.

Sunday, December 7 11 a.m. - Annual Calypso Christmas Brunch at Linda Lyon’s home outside Dillon. Bring a dish to share and ideas for 2015 Chapter activities. Call Catherine Cain 406-498-6198406-498-6198  with any questions.

In the summer of 2013, the Calypso Chapter organized a Botany Blitz in the Lemhi Pass area. Here is a link to the report of the results of this undertaking.  

Information on scenic/botanically interesting drives in Southwest Montana...

Vipond Park Driving Loop

Click here for the Vipond Park plant list.

There are several special interest and plant areas on this loop. One can approach Vipond Park from the north turning at the Wise River exit and turning south on the Quartz Hill road just past Dewey. From the south, one can go to Melrose, across the tracks and river and head up Trapper Creek road. Going from this approach, one will first pass the old town of Glendale. Not much is left. The next stop is the charcoal kilns, which are being restored. Next, head up the switchbacks to Vipond Park. Look for Penstemon lemhiensis on the road cuts on the switchbacks. There is a good viewpoint to the top of the switchback to observe the glacial terrain of Canyon Creek.

Once on top, you are in Vipond Park. Pending times, one can observe fields of camas, Camassia quamash, along with numerous wet forbs; Claytonia lanceolata, Pedicularis groenlandica and more.

 Coming down from Vipond Park, look for pygmy bitterroots and fields of pasque flowers. There are abundant Calypso orchids blooming about 3.4 miles from the end of Quartz Hill road. Coming from the top, start looking in the Douglas fir zone, just after the subalpine fir zone. Look off the road by the rotten logs. They are in clumps of 30 to +40 plants. Mid to late June is ideal.

In lower elevations there is plenty to see; townsendia, bluebells, penstemons, phlox, erigerons, senecios and more. Glacier lilies are the early bloomers.

Flora changes from week to week. For the best road information, obtain a Forest Service travel plan and contact the Dillon Ranger Office at 683-3900 or the Wise River Ranger Office at 832-3178.



Gravelly Mountain Tour

Click here for the Gravelly Mountain Tour plant list.
This area is south of Ennis. Several loops can be made to access the subalpine meadows. High elevations and open meadows dominate the area. July through August are the best flora viewing months. Fields of Polygonum bistortoides, Hymenoxys grandiflora and Wyethia are abundant. A plant list is available. Rare pink Agoseris lackschewitzii and Thalictrum alpinum can be found. In early to mid July, the Forest Service leads a public tour of the area. To obtain a Forest map and more information contact the Madison Ranger District Office at 406-682-4253406-682-4253 .